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Science News Roundup: In Chile’s Atacama desert, stargazers search for alien life and ‘dark energy’

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In Chile’s Atacama desert, stargazers search for alien life and ‘dark energy’

In Chile’s dry Atacama desert, stargazers are scanning the clear night skies to detect the existence of life on other planets and study so-called ‘dark energy,’ a mysterious cosmic force thought to be driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. Central to the race to peer into distant worlds is the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a $1.8 billion complex being built at the Las Campanas observatory and which will have a resolution 10 times higher than the Hubble space telescope.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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